Calling all UNC undergrads! Relax under the stars in Morehead’s historic planetarium and take a guided tour of the night sky during these free special programs. After learning to identify the planets, stars and constellations visible in the North Carolina sky, you’ll embark on a fly-through of our universe. After the show, if the skies are clear, you can observe the real night sky from Morehead’s sundial through telescopes. The planetarium show happens rain or shine; outdoor observing is weather permitting.
Denise Young has been selected to serve as executive director of the Bell Museum + Planetarium at the University of Minnesota. She will begin her duties in September 2016.
NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in support of the North Carolina Science Festival expansion across the state.
Morehead will use the four-year grant to build a statewide network of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals who will serve as Science Festival Ambassadors. The network will reflect and serve populations that are underserved and underrepresented in STEM, according to Morehead’s director, Todd Boyette.
Curious about life aboard the International Space Station? Come visit NASA's Destination Station, making its first North Carolina stop at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Tuesday, May 3 (1-6 p.m.). Morehead is on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The STEMville Science Symposium will be hosted by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center on Saturday, April 16, 2016. All exhibits will be closed during the symposium, but will reopen at 1 p.m. Planetarium shows will follow their normal schedule and Science Stage shows will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Children and adults can tour research labs, experiment with hands-on activities, watch live science demonstrations and meet scientists at UNC Science Expo on April 9, 2016 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The expo is free and is a signature event of North Carolina Science Festival.
Build your own flying machine, study a hawk moth, learn about gliding lizards -- it's all part of the fun at Family Science Day: Take Flight on Sunday, March 6 (1-4 p.m.) at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.
The free event celebrates "Take Flight," Morehead's newest planetarium show, with hands-on activities and special presentations, designed to help children and parents/caregivers explore aeronautics and related science topics.
Mark your calendars: Feb. 17, 2016 is Homeschool Day at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Homeschool students and groups are invited to participate in Morehead's Discovery Classes and other programs offered to large groups and school field trips.
Morehead will host a two-day exhibit of "Granular Wall," a sound installation that demonstrates fluid dynamics. "Granular Wall" features a large, flat tank filled with water and neutrally-bouyant fluorescent microspheres, which reflect the complex fluid dynamics within the tank. The installation uses motion tracking and computer synthesis to interpret the fluid dynamics as music.